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Gopherlongbeards wrote:There are quite a few older post laying around about hunting the Black Hills. Hopefully most of their snow will be gone by the time you're out there (I'm only half joking....). There is plenty of public land to roam around on, so the biggest challenge is often simply finding some birds. Being mobile and covering ground is key. Merriams out there will cover a lot of turf in a days time, and may or may not utilize a roost site for more than 1 night. It's not uncommon for us to hike 15-20 miles a day searching for birds. A good loud box call and/or mouth call are your best friends while searching. Keep moving until you locate birds, then slow down. Don't be afraid to set up and cold call in a high percentage area for a few hours if you know birds have been using it recently or are in the area.
One more word of advice. Lots of people like to drive the forest roads and pull the truck over every 1/2 mile. They get out, (sometimes, sometimes they just call out the window) let out some yelps with the truck still running, listen for 15 seconds and then jump back in and drive further down the road. These same people will tell you there are no turkeys around, or they're all henned up with clamps on their beaks... Use you truck as a way to get from area to area, then get out and hike in for 15-20 minutes. Get on a ridge top or out on a point and call. You will strike way more birds this way than by just calling from the road.
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